Former Roc-A-Fella Records producer Just Blaze has weighed in on Peedi Crakk‘s recent remarks of Jay-Z “stealing” his ex-labelmates’ styles.
From Blaze’s perspective, Young Hov and his former artists worked collectively as a team during their run at the Roc.
“I don’t really indulge in family squabbles, making them public. The way I look at it everybody feeds off everybody and everybody works together. What we did was make something great and we had a good run,” he explained in an interview. “Rather than sit there and squabble about who took what from who, and who did who wrong, it’s really no point in feeding into it because I could sit there and point out a million things that people in that situation did wrong…and I know a lot of things we did right. So the way I look at everybody ended up kind of like where they are supposed to be and if they didn’t end up where they felt like they’re supposed to be…it might be their own fault.” (XXL Mag)
Earlier today, Peedi accused Jay of stealing Young Chris‘ flow.
“I want to clarify that [Jay] doesn’t steal anyone’s songs,” he said, “He steals swag, ideas, concepts–whatever you want to call it…Jay doesn’t just straight-up jack you for a song. He’s just smooth with it. You ever listen to Young Chris rap and then go back and listen to Jay? You almost start to scratch your head. The old Jay-Z never rapped like that. That’s Young Gunners flow to the tee. There are actually people that don’t know that that [the whisper rap] was [Chris’] flow. I don’t understand why Jay don’t just say that he got the swag from the young bull…Jay has no swag of his own. He has no natural cool n*gga style. But at the end of the day he has his own path to craft just like we all do and I’m all about making sure my path is full of positivity and creativity.” (XXL Mag)
Recently, Young Chris talked about how much motivation Jay provides him.
“The influence he had on me is substantial,” Chris said in an interview. “That man is just the best that ever did it. He’s just inspiration and motivation just to see how he work today. The wealth he at, just lets me know I have to stay at it. It’s a grind, got a long way to go man. That man’s a multi-millionaire and still goes in. Business. [He’ll continue rapping] ’til he drop. Jay got it man, he can do whatever he want man. He runs this town. He’s still got it. He’s still got it man, that’s my boy. You know what it is, he’s the best at it. So the expectations are set high, sometimes you’re set up for failure ’cause people are expecting the best. Then they compare it to the old Jay…He’s seen more, he’s experienced culture. People stuck in time ’cause they don’t go nowhere.” (Rugah TV)
Last fall, Jay-Z said he cut ties with Peedi.
“I speak to [Young] Chris often,” Jay revealed in an interview. “Freeway as well. I spoke to Beans when his grandma passed, we had a conversation. I don’t speak to Peedi at all ’cause he’s a psycho — no, he’s a psycho. That’s what I truly believe. Not trying to be funny or anything.” (Hot 97)
Check out a recent Young Chris interview below: